Summer Concerts at Knoll Farm 

Summer Concerts

Knoll Farm believes in the power of music, and we’ve created an outdoor music venue that is cherished by performers and audiences alike. In 2024, we will be hosting several incredible bands on the hill on our spectacular performance stage.

The Wormdogs

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2024. 
Time: Picnicking starts at 5:30, music begins at 6:30
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This is a rain or shine event!

The Wormdogs are a five piece bluegrass rock n roll group from Burlington, VT. Conceived in 2017 out of a mutual respect, friendship, and love of one another’s musicianship, their sound ranges from traditional old time to heavy folk-adelic to finger rippin bluegrass.

Their instrumentation consists of a fiddle, upright bass, both electric & acoustic guitars, and a drummer. The whole band writes songs, taking turns singing and harmonizing. In their five years together The Wormdogs have released three full length records. Please join us for an incredible evening.

Billy Wylder

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2024
Time: Picnicking starts at 5:30, music begins at 6:30
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This is a rain or shine event!

From the front-lines at Standing Rock to the archaic streets of Jerusalem, the Sahel Desert to Carnegie Hall, music has been the source of strength for Billy Wylder. The band features Avi Salloway (Bombino/Hey Mama) joined by an inspired cast of singular artists who have performed across five continents including concerts at Coachella, Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center. Billy Wylder released their seminal third album, Trying to Get Free (Sand & Gold Records), on August 25, 2023. The music weaves together American folk and rock with sensibilities from the Sahara Desert, exploring new musical space akin to Devendra Banhart, Beck, and Tinariwen. Billy Wylder’s new recordings evoke musical evolutions built on grooves informed by ancient African rhythms, art-rock textures, expansive guitars, violins, synths, and drum machines.

Cold Chocolate 

Date: Friday, August 2, 2024
Time: Picnicking starts at 5:30, music begins at 6:30
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This is a rain or shine event!

Bring your family and friends to Knoll Farm for a picnic on the hillside with live music by Cold Chocolate.  Cold Chocolate is a genre-bending Americana band that fuses folk, funk and bluegrass to create a unique sound all their own. Punctuated by tight harmonies and skillful musicianship, Cold Chocolate has quickly gained recognition for their original music and high-energy shows. The band has shared bills with Leftover Salmon, David Grisman, and Angelique Kidjo, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.

The Mammals 

Date: Friday, August 9, 2024
Time: Picnicking starts at 5:30, music begins at 6:30
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This is a rain or shine event!

The Mammals are folksingers Ruth Ungar, Mike Merenda, and a cohort of compelling collaborators who form a touring quintet on the fiddle, banjo, guitar, organ, bass, and drums. Over the past 20 years they have quietly composed a canon of original songs (“Some of the best songwriting of their generation” – LA Times) that both reflect our culture and offer a vision of how the world might yet be. “These days we sing about what we’re for over what we’re against,” says singer/songwriter, Mike Merenda, and what they’re for is “nothing short of sublime” according to (Americana UK).

Kat Wright

Date: Saturday, August 17, 2024
Time: Picnicking starts at 5:30, music begins at 6:30
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This is a rain or shine event!

“There’s soul flowing in and out of her rock ‘n’ roll with a serpentine seduction. Some of soul music’s sweet, grand dames belt, shout, seethe, and succumb, while Wright sings gently like a heartache’s apology. It’s funky in spots and beautiful all over. And it hurts a little … like it should”. A quote from the folk publication Red Line Roots from November ’21 sums it up best: “The first time I saw Kat Wright live was a festival gig where the band’s horn section alone was comprised of 3 people. Wright has that special balance of power and grace in her voice that can shimmer and float to the top of a big band setting, I don’t think anyone who has witnessed her perform could deny that.”

Caitlin Canty

Date: Saturday, August 24, 2024
Time: Picnicking starts at 5:30, music begins at 6:30
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This is a rain or shine event!

Caitlin Canty is an American singer/songwriter whose music carves a line through folk, blues, and country ballads. Her voice was called “casually devastating” by the San Francisco Chronicle and NPR Music describes her songs as having a “haunting urgency.”“Dreamy and daring”  Rolling Stone. Raised in small-town Vermont, the daughter of a school teacher and a house painter, Canty earned her degree in biology in the Berkshires and subsequently moved to New York City. She spent her days in the city working as an environmental sustainability consultant and her nights making music at Lower East Side music halls and bars. In 2009, she quit her job and set out to make music full time.

Past Performers

First Light benefit concert for Indigenous-led Land Return in the Northeast
Featuring Lula Wiles

Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021

Lula Wiles is live at Knoll Farm Saturday, July 24th. Come catch one of the best young bands in New England, enjoy the full moon rise at Knoll Farm, and support land justice! This is a benefit concert organized by First Light to support these Indigenous-led land return efforts in the Northeast (read more below).

The band Lula Wiles is known to bring new perspectives to age-old traditions––above all, the people’s practice of sharing their communities’ struggles through songs. The band exists in the tense space where tradition and revolution meet, from which their harmonies rise into the air to create new American music.

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